Global Bergsonism Project

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About the Project

The Global Bergsonism Research Project “A Chapter in the Global History of Philosophy: New Perspectives on Bergsonism” was formed in 2019 in order to investigate the diverse manifestations of Bergsonism in multiple areas. Our research uses the theories and methods of cultural exchange and the transfer of ideas to highlight the global impact of Bergsonism. The goals of the Project include: the writing of a world history of Bergsonism; making available the philosophical contributions to Bergson studies all over the world; and establishing an international network of scholars and activities in Bergson studies based on a variety of geographical areas.

The CNRS will support this project through its international cooperation scheme “International Research Network” from 2021 to 2025.

The core members of the project are:

Caterina Zanfi (CNRS/ENS, UMR 8547 Pays germaniques – Transferts culturels) – Coordinator
Yasushi Hirai (Université de Fukuoka, Japon)
Leonard Richard Lawlor (Penn State University, États-Unis)
Débora Morato Pinto (Université fédérale de São Carlos, Brésil)
Émile Kenmogne (Université de Yaoundé-1, Cameroun)
Povilas Aleksandravicius (Université de Vilnius, Lituanie)
M. Sait Özervarlı (Université de Yildiz, Turquie)

The IRN will also rely on the expertise of the research group on philosophical historiography of the Institut für Grundlagenforschung zur Philosophiegeschichte (Institute for Basic Research on the History of Philosophy) at the University of Wuppertal linked to the new edition of the Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie, directed by Gerald Hartung.

A wide network of experts in Bergsonian studies worldwide will interact with the project, notably through synergy with the Centre d’étude de la philosophie française contemporaine (Ciepfc, USR 3608 République des savoirs), the EUR Translitterae, the Société des amis de Bergson (SAB), the Bergson Society North America, the Société japonaise de philosophie française, the Cercle Camerounais de Philosophie (CerCaPhi), and the Foundation for the History of Thought in Istanbul (BILDEV).



Atelier Bergson

Dans le cadre de du projet IRN du CNRS sur le Bergsonisme dans l’histoire globale de la philosophie, un séminaire Zoom organisé par Mathilde Tahar et Caterina Zanfi consacré aux recherches bergsoniennes internationales les plus actuelles aura lieu sur Zoom à partir de Janvier 2022.

Lien Zoom récurrent pour joindre les différentes séances du séminaire :

Meeting ID: 950 9606 0568
Passcode: hqxn04

Informations et programme ici.

Past Conferences

You will find videos of past conferences on the society’s YouTube channel

2019Prof. M. Sait Özervarlı à l’ENS : « Why global Bergsonism ? ». Read the report here 

2020First meeting of the Global Bergsonism Project, Penn State University — Watch the videos here

2021 Second meeting of the Global Bergsonism Research Project, Fukuoka — Watch the videos here

2022 Leonard Lawlor –  “How to reach the Absolute: Bergson’s Anti-Kantianism” – Watch the video here 

2022 Mathilde Tahar (University of Toulouse) visited Japan under a research partnership between CNRS (France) and Fukuoka University to deliver a series of talks: 

  • PBJ International workshop: ‘Time and Biology in Bergson’s Creative Evolution’ – Fukuoka University – Organiser: Hisashi Fujita (Kyushu Sangyo University), Yasushi Hirai (Fukuoka University): This programme is supported by JSPS 19H0119, Fukuoka University 203004 and 197002.
  •  ‘Bergson, a philosopher of biology?’ – Kyushu University
  • ‘Creative consciousness and non-human invention’, Tohoku University
  • ‘The élan vital as a tendency. Causality in evolution beyond Aristotelian modalities’ Tohoku University
  • ‘Beyond teleology: Bergson’s philosophy of evolution’ – Fukuoka University 

2022 — Third meeting of the Global Bergsonim Project, Universidade Federal de São Carlos — watch the videos here


January 2024 — Fourth meeting of the Global Bergsonism Project, Université de Yaoundé 1, Cameroon — watch the videos here:

Future Conferences (webinars)


November 2024 — University of Vilnius, Lithuania

November 2025 — Yıldız University of Istanbul, Turkey